QUIKY PRO'S BEST BITS
A nice bit of video foreplay leading up the climax in two weeks time.
As you well know, the 2014 ASP World Tour kicks off with the Quiksilver Pro on the Gold Coast on the 1st March. With three now under his belt, will Mick kick ass on his home turf? Will the police crackdown on the number of g-bangers on the beach? And will Dane be surfing at warp speed? (Answers; maybe, no and yes). If you can’t keep a lid on your pro circus excitement, to get you to the line, here’s a selection of tasty video treats of some of the highlights over the last five years or so of the Quik Pro.
Where’s Wardo: Chris Ward burst on to the ASP World Tour, making a final in his very first event. Not toning down his act, in or out of the water, his explosive and risky freesurfing in a singlet approach was a real blast of fresh air.
Highlight: In his very first heat, Wardo showed no nerves and pulled off a couple of huge aerials before going on to take out Kelly Slater in the quarterfinal.
What they said: “Wardo! Oh my God, where do we start. This man surfed unlike any pro on tour since I don’t even know when — maybe since they thought up man-on-man heats." Surfing Magazine
Mick and Kerrzy’s Heat: At the time it was described as the best heat in terms of performance surfing ever. Kerr started out with a 9.9 and had Fanning well and truly comboed, before Fanning roared back to win. Kerr’s last wave also featured a grab rail reverse nose pick thingy, one of the first ever seen in competition.
Highlight: Mick’s second wave, featuring a long tube then trademark carves, under pressure to complete the comeback.
What they said: “Maybe the best, if not the best couple of turns I’ve ever seen on tour." Kelly Slater on Kerr’s last wave.
2007* - the very next heat though, was perhaps even better:
Parko and Kirra: Storm surf and a gutted bank had threatened to turn the event from iconic to shithouse. However on the final day, with a solid 10 foot cyclone foot swell running, and some bombs blasting down off the previously sand choked Kirra, it turned into a truly memorable day of professional surfing.
Highlight: Mainly for the semi final featuring Joel Parkinson and Mick Fanning, the two Cooly kids trading ten foot drainers off Kirra Groyne in front a huge crowd who couldn’t lose.
What they said: “The crowd is awesome. There are so many people. Down here you don’t really see it, but from the water you can see the crowd on the hill and all along Coolangatta and even down Kirra Point. I could hear them roaring…it was amazing." Parko[mpora_video id='DY9EJdHlT']
The Quest For 10: The 2010 ASP year kicked off in Round 1 as per usual; with a solid swell, loads of granules stacked behind the rocks and Kelly Slater turning up, refusing questions on the world title and saying he’s just taking it event by event.
Highlight: Kelly Slater started the year as he would end it, and although getting knocked in the semi's here, he dominated the year to claim tenth and very convincing world title
What they said: “This sucks!" Dane Reynolds who wasn’t happy with his high tide conditions in round 1, even if Kelly was.[mpora_video id='ACsLMUzKn']
Taj and the Quik: Taj won the first ever Quik Pro at Snapper, back in 2001 and again in 2010, but in 2012 he was the form surfer from the very first heat. It was another victory, which again raised the perennial question; Is this the year for Taj’s World Title? The answer, as ever, was no.
Highlight: Taj’s defeat of a rampaging Dane Reynolds was the heat of the event.
What They Said: "I've been going for the ASP World Title for a while now. I don't know what to say. I just want to surf my best and hope that the rest falls into place." Taj[mpora_video id='imafmJUHQ']
2013 Kelly wins / Parko gives him the bird
Kirra awakened out of nowhere for the semis and final last year, and who could forget about this little drop-in incident and what was one of the most exciting final days of competition the Goldie had seen in a while.
“I was actually hoping Joel’d break his board," laughed Kelly post heat. “I had priority. He had a good wave. It didn’t matter. If he didn’t go on that wave, I would have taken that wave. It just looked like a big, throaty one.